By Blogger, Jennifer S. Wilkov, radio show host of the “Your Book Is Your Hook!” Show
As authors and writers, we’re always learning about resources and industry tools that we can use to improve our book project performance and the enjoyment of our writing and marketing experiences. Today let’s talk about why writing is not really a loner’s art.
Too often I’m told that writing is a solo sport by other authors. That they write in a solitary state and then travel the course for publishing their book alone.
Contrary to this perception, writing is not necessarily a loner’s art and neither is publishing your book – not by a long shot.
For many books, there is one author on the cover; however, many people have stood by that author and offered input, insight and direction. Just look at the acknowledgments page in the back. You’ll find some of them mentioned – from editor to publisher to agent to publicist and more.
On other books, you’ll find there is more than one author. Some authors write as a team; others contribute to a compilation style book that puts their piece in conjunction with pieces from other authors in one book about a related topic or subject matter.
Authors stick together. It is a brilliant community that I enjoy that continually finds solace in its brethren who continue to write, express and publish their works.
As I like to say, “We’re all out here alone – together.”
“Your Book Is Your Hook!” is one of many resources where authors can find opportunities for input, insight and direction for their book writing and publishing endeavors.
Writing a book is a life experience of its own. Having confidence in your work and allowing others to read it is another one. Making your way in the world as a writer in conjunction with the other endeavors you take on is a gift you give the world and a legacy you leave behind of your thoughts, ideas and imagination.
I often say: just take a look at your own bookshelf or electronic reader. How many books do you have there that are actually written by authors who are dead? And yet, we’re still reading their works – and so are our kids.
Writing is a far cry from a solo engagement. Publishing is too. It takes people, feedback, input, time, effort, commitment, confidence and patience to make a great book.
Don’t take the writing profession for granted or write it off as a careless way to spend your time.
Have confidence in your work and share it with the world. Start with an elite group of trusted professionals and your own inner circle. Ask for feedback, input and direction.
Talk to other authors in the community and seek out resources like the “Your Book Is Your Hook!” show to hear the plight and joyful successes of other authors and how they did it.
You will too when you put your pen to paper, as they say, and nowadays, put your fingertips on the keyboard. There are plenty of resources and professionals to support your every step and build your confidence so you too can add the title of author to your business card and life portfolio.
Helen Exley said: “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’” I’m not sure if she was referring to the reader or to the writer.
Add writer and author to your repertoire of life experiences and live a little more.